Sneaky Dragon Episode 286

by David Dedrick on May 27, 2017

Ahoy, Sneakers! There is no nautical theme to this week’s show. We just felt like saying ahoy.

This week on Episode 286, Ian and Dave have more to say about ventriloquism; compare and contrast Mighty Mouse and Mickey Mouse; don’t rate early comic book artists very highly; do some off the top of their heads history on early comic books and Harvey Kurtzman; remember Plop!; are excited that Twin Peaks is back; confess what really scares them; have a YouTube recommendo; recommend getting them started young; become silly over The Beachcombers; do some TV schedule guesswork; dissect the Fall of Jimmy Fallon; and, finally, do a little VanCAF wrap up.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Reid Jepson May 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

Great episode! I have a quick question for Dave, which is did you or do you plan to get any of the new Sgt. Pepper 50th edition cds or Vinyl? I’ve listened to them on Apple Music and I think the remixes sound fantastic!


Chris Roberts May 30, 2017 at 2:03 am

Interesting new interview here with Geoff Emerick, who says (at around 32:50) he’s ‘disgusted’ with the Pepper reissue, on artistic grounds.


David Dedrick June 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm


I think Mr. Emerick is referring to earlier re-mixes of Sgt. Pepper, but maybe not. Anyway, it would be terrible if they replaced the original mixes with updated versions, but they’re not. This is pretty much a fan-centric version of the album with the added interest of new stereo versions. The original stereo mixes – according to the people involved – were fairly hasty versions done without the supervision of The Beatles because stereo was not a popular format at the time. So really, anyone can do their own stereo version if they want. The originals aren’t sacrosanct tablets handed down to us by the The Beatles themselves.


Chris June 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

I agree completely, Dave. Played the whole album on Spotify at the weekend in a state of utter bliss. It’s an amazing achievemant by Giles Martin and co which completely respects the artistry of the Beatles and all those involved in 1967. I hope I did get it wrong and Emerick’s on board with this version.


David Dedrick June 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Hi Reid! I definitely plan to get the fancy CD version soon-ish. I’m really looking forward to hearing the re-mixes.


Louise May 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Dave should definitely check out The Straight Story, especially for the touching Best Actor Oscar-nominated performance of Richard Farnsworth. Lynch didn’t write the based-on-real-events screenplay, so maybe that’s why it’s the least Lynch-y of all his films. He honours the title character and the humanity of everyday people by giving the audience a “straight” slice-of-life yet universal story.

My sister and I binge-watched Legion. Seeing it all in one day helped our brains follow the story. I didn’t realize until later that the lead, Dan Stevens, also played one of the beloved characters on Downtown Abbey. His American accent must’ve been good enough that I didn’t recognize him out of his natty bespoke suits. And he’s in the billion-dollar box office club now with his beastly performance in this year’s Beauty and the Beast. He must have fans ranging from preschoolers to great-grannies now.

I think Jimmy Fallon just wants his show to be one big party where everyone gets along and has a good time. But for a lot of people these days, it’s like there’s a house on fire next door to that party. You can turn up the music or you can try to help put it out.


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